The stability and reliability of 5G networks is going to become a game-changer for the 'next' in digital and customer experiences

 
While the upgrade from 3G to 4G was evidently swift, the fifth generation of network technology isn’t too far away. With the growing need for wireless broadband services needing faster, higher-capacity networks that can deliver video and other content-rich services and the Internet of Things (IoT) along with Industrial IoT (IIoT) fuelling a need for massive connectivity of devices, 5G is destined to revolutionize the way devices, people and things communicate with each other.
 
5G will operate at a higher frequency range as compared to 4G, which makes it more directional and increases the capacity to provide faster speed while minimizing interference from other signals. It doesn’t require the deployment of large towers for supporting the network and can operate at shorter wavelengths. This further minimizes the interference of wireless signals and supports more devices in a given area as compared to 4G. 5G essentially is a ‘built-to-last’ architecture, which can be modified and scaled up easily as per the network requirements in the future.
 

What makes 5G superior to 4G technology?
 
The primary aim of 4G was to connect people. Evolution of cellular network technology has allowed users to experience faster data speeds and lower latency while prompting the use of data-heavy services and applications. The ever-growing demand to stream high-definition videos, experience AR and VR has forced the cellular companies to deal with this through traffic optimization or offload on to other networks. But even so, it is critical that a new capacity needs to be created through the use of new spectrum and fundamental improvements to some core wireless technologies, and innovation in the network.
 
5G solves this issue to a great extent. 5G will enable devices to connect seamlessly at low power requirements, which will give mission-critical applications, for instance, robotics and industrial automation, a huge boost. It will accelerate the adoption of smart devices and will massively impact the three important areas of immersive entertainment, connected vehicles and healthcare.
 

The road to a 5G revolution
 
Let’s take connected vehicles and automated transport for instance. A number of wireless transportation applications are being developed such as Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and some other Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) applications that require very low latency than what is currently offered. If the latency issue is resolved through 5G, the idea of driverless cars and the next generation of driver-assisted cars will be a reality.
 
Similarly, futuristic mobile health application concepts will also find more reliable, lower-latency networks. The development of new uses such as remote, robotic surgery using VR, AR and other mission-critical medical interventions will be a possibility with 5G.
 
AR and VR have already become mainstream in gaming and in other industries where it is important to have a clear, heightened view of the world. They require large volumes of data and networks must support the transport of data with low latencies and high reliability as most of the applications for AR and VR are real-time.
 
As 5G roll-out and adoption will become mainstream, it will have a big impact on both consumers and enterprises. 5G will accelerate IoT and Industrial IoT (IIoT) and will transform the way people connect with machines and each other.
 
And that’s not it! There’s more to 5G than just a generational shift. Want to know all about it? Click here to download the complete whitepaper.  We at HARMAN are continously working towards integrating 5G into our offerings and enable next-generation experiences. If you want to know more, feel free to reach out to us here or on Linkedin or Twitter.